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C-TAC Co-Founder Honored for Transforming Advanced Care Movement

C-TAC co-founder BIll Novelli will be honored at Capital Caring‘s 40th anniversary Passion for Caring Gala on November 11. Novelli will be presented with the Passion for Caring Award for his efforts in reforming advanced illness and end-of-life care by empowering individuals and families across the country. Currently a professor of the McDonough School of Business at…

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C-TAC Pushes CMS in Rule Making Process

Throughout the Summer of 2017, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued several rules that potentially involved care for those living with advanced illness. As noted in previous member alerts, C-TAC submitted comments on several of them with suggestions for ways they could further improve advanced illness care. In publishing the final version of…

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Member Spotlight: Bluestone Physician Services

Founded in 2006 by Dr. Todd Stivland, a physician with over 20 years of experience in family practice, Bluestone Physician Services is a national specialist in delivering on-site primary care in assisted living and memory care communities, serving over 10,000 patients throughout Minnesota, Wisconsin, and Florida. Bluestone’s staff of physicians, Nurse Practitioners, care coordinators and…

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U.S. Senate Unanimously Passes Key Advanced Illness Legislation

Last night, members of the United States Senate voted in unanimous support of two pieces of bipartisan legislation crucial to C-TAC’s mission to deliver high quality, person-centered care to all Americans living with advanced illness: The Creating High-Quality Results and Outcomes Necessary to Improve Chronic (CHRONIC) Care Act of 2017 and the RAISE Family Caregivers Act. Both bills…

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C-TAC Participates in ASA DC Roundtable on Advanced Illness

Today, C-TAC participated in the American Society on Aging’s (ASA) Washington, DC Roundtable on the need for reform in advanced illness and end-of-life care. The event was organized around topics in the Spring Issue of Generations Magazine, which C-TAC guested edited. Speakers included: Barbara Hoenig, Senior Consultant, CVS Health Bill Novelli, Co-Chair, C-TAC Bob Stein, President…

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Member Spotlight: Hospice of Cincinnati

The Hospice of Cincinnati (HOC) is a non-profit hospice dedicated to creating the best possible and most meaningful end-of-life experience for those under their care. As the fourth oldest hospice in the nation, HOC is an industry-recognized leader in providing personalized, compassionate, and patient-centered end-of-life care, offering services that range from symptom management to spiritual…

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C-TAC Urges Allies in Congress to Support Independence at Home

This spring, Senators Ed Markey (D-MA), Rob Portman (R-OH), Michael Bennet (D-CO), and John Cornyn (R-TX) introduced the Independence at Home Act (IAH) of 2017, which would ensure chronically ill Medicare beneficiaries – especially those with advanced illness – receive high-quality, home-based medical care. The current Independence at Home demonstration expires on September 30, 2017 and lawmakers…

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C-TAC Lays Out Case for Advanced Care Reform to HHS Panel

Today, C-TAC met with the Physician-Focused Payment Model Technical Advisory Committee (PTAC) at the U.S. Department of Health and Human services (HHS) to lay out the need for advanced care payment reform. C-TAC and this group of payment model experts had a constructive discussion on C-TAC’s Advanced Care Model (ACM). The ACM is an advanced…

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Member Spotlight: Honoring Choices® Massachusetts

Honoring Choices Massachusetts is a consumer focused, nonprofit organization which informs and empowers adults – 18 years and older – to make a personalized health care plan and connect to the best possible care that honors their values and choices throughout their lives. Honoring Choices Massachusetts’ mission is twofold. First, to ensure easy access to…

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